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Reinforcing Foraging

Reinforcing Foraging

Sheila S. Blanchette sets out the steps she used to train Cricket, the lone quail, to step on the scale for weighing, and how she later applied the same protocol for training chickens and roosters
Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

Hei Hei is a 13-year-old male cockatiel who, at the time of relinquishment, displayed plucking behavior.

During my first week observing Hei Hei, I noticed that he preferred to be outside the cage. I didn’t notice any plucking occurring at this time. At the same time, each morning I ...

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Companion Bird Foster  Programs – A Review

Companion Bird Foster Programs – A Review

I have volunteered at several local brick-and-mortar rescues (private shelters) in my area (north of Boston, Massachusetts) and have seen, over time, companion birds being returned because of the same behavioral issues.

Adopters may ...

Sam, I Can

Sam, I Can

People would ask me, “How do you prevent him from flying?” and my response was always, “A blind bird isn’t going to want to take off in flight if he doesn’t know where he’s going. Just don’t scare him.” A few times I also heard, “Why ...

What Does “Happy” Look Like?

What Does “Happy” Look Like?

By Lara Joseph

I think it’s fair to say that most animals in our care have their choices restricted to some degree. For example, we have to limit options for their safety. Our companion cats and dogs are ...

Know Better, Do Better

Know Better, Do Better

By Lara Joseph

Parrots are social creatures, often flocking in hundreds or thousands in the wild. In our homes, however, we usually keep them in separate cages and amongst a mixture of species. I do this as ...

Our Greatest Teachers

Our Greatest Teachers

By Lara Joseph

In my opinion, as trainers, our best teachers are the animals we struggle to find opportunities to effectively communicate with. Animals such as these often come to us with reinforcement ...

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle

By Lara Joseph

Molly is my nine-year-old Solomon Island eclectus parrot who lost her home a few years ago. What a beautiful little bird she is and I just could not understand why anyone would not want her any ...

Successful Cage Set-Ups

Successful Cage Set-Ups

By Vicki Ronchette

Whether or not you are bringing home a new baby bird, a rehomed adult bird or just want to upgrade your current bird’s cage, it is important to put some thought into your cage set up. There ...

Targeting Like a Pro

Targeting Like a Pro

By Lara Joseph

I have worked with several birds that have been labeled aggressive. One of the first things I teach them is to target. If I ever find myself in an accidental or uncomfortable situation, I can ...

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